Multimodality Imaging of Complications of Cardiac Valve Surgeries

Prabhakar Rajiah, Alastair Moore, Sachin Saboo, Harold Goerne, Praveen Ranganath, James MacNamara, Parag Joshi, Suhny Abbara

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Replacement with a prosthetic heart valve (PHV) remains the definitive surgical procedure for management of severe cardiac valve disease. PHV dysfunction is uncommon but can be a life-threatening condition. The broad hemodynamic and pathophysiologic manifestations of PHV dysfunction are stenosis, regurgitation, and a stuck leaflet. Specific structural abnormalities that cause PHV dysfunction include prosthetic valve-patient mismatch, structural failure, valve calcification, dehiscence, paravalvular leak, infective endocarditis, abscess, pseudoaneurysm, abnormal connections, thrombus, hypoattenuating leaflet thickening, and pannus. Multiple imaging modalities are available for evaluating a PHV and its dysfunction. Transthoracic echocardiography is often the first-line imaging modality, with additional modalities such as transesophageal echocardiography, CT, MRI, cine fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine used for further characterization and establishing a specific cause. The authors review PHVs and the role of imaging modalities in evaluation of PHV dysfunction and illustrate the imaging appearances of different complications. Online supplemental material is available for this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-956
Number of pages25
JournalRadiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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